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Most of Wake County’s 160,000 students will have a normal day of classes on Friday — instead of going home early — to help make up for time lost to Hurricane Florence.
Friday was originally an early release day for most of Wake’s 187 schools, meaning students would be dismissed 2.5 hours early so that teachers can spend the afternoon getting training. But district leaders announced last week that Sept. 28 will be a regular day of classes for schools on the traditional calendar, multi-track year-round schedule, the two single-gender leadership academies, the early colleges and Fox Road Elementary School.
Some school districts in North Carolina still remain closed because of flood damage caused by Florence.
Under state law, school districts are required to have at least 185 days of classes or 1,025 hours of instruction each school year. State legislative education leaders say they’re working on legislation to help schools not have to make up all or part of the time lost.
Wake was only closed for three days, so some students have already begun making up the lost time. The two leadership schools had a a makeup day last week, year-round students were in class Saturday and students at the modified-calendar schools lost the first two days of their fall break this week.
Wake officials made some changes to the original list of makeup days, nixing plans to have traditional-calendar schools open on a Saturday and on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Wake opted to take advantage of how schools have more than the 1,025 hours required to not make up one of the days and to also to convert two early release days to full days.
The remaining makeup days for Wake students are:
▪ Traditional calendar: Sept. 28 (full day), Oct. 19 (full day) and Oct. 31.
▪ Year-round calendar track 1: Oct. 19 (full day).
▪ Year-round calendar tracks 2 and 3: Sept. 28 (full day) and Oct. 19 (full day).
▪ Year-round calendar tracks 4: Sept. 28 (full day).
▪ Modified calendar: None remaining.
▪ Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy and Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy: Sept. 28 (full day) and Oct. 19 (full day).
▪ Vernon Malone Career and College Academy, Wake STEM Early College, Wake Early College of Health Sciences and North Wake College and Career Academy: Sept. 28 (full day), Oct. 4 and Oct. 19 (full day).
▪ Barwell Road and Walnut Creek elementary schools: Oct. 17 and Dec. 20.
▪ Carroll, East Garner and East Millbrook middle schools: Nov. 20 and Dec. 21.
▪ Fox Road Elementary School: Sept. 28 and Feb. 15.